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Getting back into the swing of things...
« on: July 01, 2015, 03:48:51 PM »
So the recent activity on WW and the Warriors discussions we've been having have prompted me to pick the series back up! I stopped after Teapot and I know I have a lot of catching up to do. I acquired cough cough all of Oots to start.

I'd like some opinions from those of you who have kept up, though. How has the series been holding up, quality wise? What do you think of the two more recent arcs? Are the super editions worth it? Any other spinoffs (guidebooks, comics, etc) I missed that I should check out?


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Offline Jilda

Re: Getting back into the swing of things...
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 04:23:08 PM »
@Lightning says the fifth series is really good, which i'd imagine it would be considering it has brand new characters instead of the usual. I personally stopped reading after teapot/beginning of oots and am planning to read the fifth, and then go and re-read from series one in prep for the sixth series.

This forum totally got my interest in these books again, which is crazy to me as I'd of never imagined that happening personally.

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Offline fireheart

Re: Getting back into the swing of things...
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 04:47:15 PM »
I didn't really love oots, but there's a lot of characters that fandom holds dear in that arc and it certainly has its moments - i just didn't care for it all that much. I haven't read much of dotc yet but i've enjoyed what i've read, if only for the fact that we're starting with new characters and going back to the forest feels very fresh. I've heard good things about the ultimate guide - i haven't read it but it has some character info and short stories that people seem to enjoy, and the artwork is really nice imo. i haven't kept up with the super editions, so i can't really comment on those.

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Re: Getting back into the swing of things...
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2015, 06:04:02 PM »
I have read both the Ultimate Guide and up through the first four books of Dawn of the Clans. I agree that Omen of the Stars is subpar by comparison to the first two series, but DotC seems to be pretty good so far, quite fun. It seems to be really character-driven and all the characters are kind of neutral. Like, nobody is wholly good or without their flaws and in a way it's kinda impressive. It seems more mature than the other series, imo, and more carefully handled. That's not to say it's without flaws, because it's a Warriors series, but I think it does well. 

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Re: Getting back into the swing of things...
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2015, 07:25:15 PM »
Yes, Dawn of the Clans is good. Although there is some heavy abusive mentions during Thunder Rising and The First Battle. The Blazing Star is also full of it, but it's still a good arc to read. The villains for this arc are actually downright evil, instead of misguided cats or some stuff like that. I mean, I suppose my opinion isn't the same as everyone else's- a lot of people don't like anything after Power of Three, but yet a lot of the books that come in that arc or afterwards are some of my favorites.

As for super editions? You're best just reading them if you're looking for something to do. Firestar's Quest and SkyClan's Destiny are both really good if you're looking for something that isn't focused on ThunderClan. It's much more about seeing that a certain way of life isn't for everyone, and sometimes tweaks are required in order to do what's best for the group. Yellowfang's Secret is terrible in all ways, so I highly advise avoiding it unless you want to ruin Yellowfang's character for yourself. Tallstar's Revenge has gay kitties, so go read that you will like it. The others are good, but these just stand out to me in one way or another.

The Ultimate Guide is pretty good, actually. I love the artwork in it and I think it contains some of Wayne's best work. It gives us both Tigerstar and Bramblestar's leader ceremonies, and more backstories for some of the Dawn of the Clans characters. It's a bit spoiler-y if you haven't read Thunder Rising, though.

Honestly, you're just better off reading and making a judgement call for yourself- that's just how this series is. Some people prefer different elements over others, hence why I have basically nothing but praise for the later arcs; it's just what I'm interested in.

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Offline Ivypool

Re: Getting back into the swing of things...
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2015, 11:27:05 PM »
Yes, Dawn of the Clans is good. Although there is some heavy abusive mentions during Thunder Rising and The First Battle. The Blazing Star is also full of it, but it's still a good arc to read. The villains for this arc are actually downright evil, instead of misguided cats or some stuff like that. I mean, I suppose my opinion isn't the same as everyone else's- a lot of people don't like anything after Power of Three, but yet a lot of the books that come in that arc or afterwards are some of my favorites.

It's fair to add that there's some abusive undertones, most certainly, in A Forest Divided, but aside from the... fridging, from what it seems like, DotC is a very enjoyable arc that I'd love for more people to read if only so we can talk about the characters. :DDD
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